Dental Implants

Dental Implants are one of today’s leading options for replacing missing teeth.  Thousands of patients enjoy the comfort and ease of having dental implants.  There is an average success rate of 95% for those who have dental implants.  If you are missing any teeth, dental implants are low-maintenance and are the most similar to natural teeth.  Their similarity to natural teeth offer no change in oral hygiene habits, no change in speech, and the ability to eat normal foods.  For all those who wonder if they are good candidates for dental implants, Dr. David Duke offers FREE Consultations.  The following are a few things the Dentist will consider before recommending a dental implant.

Strength and Density of Bone

For a dental implant to successfully work, the bone has to be thick and strong enough to support the implant.  After a tooth is extracted, some patients will experience bone loss in that area. Others may have genetic or health conditions that interfere with the regeneration of bone.  Should this be the case, a bone graft can be done to fill the extraction site and can aid the bone regeneration.  For those whose bone is naturally thin, a sinus lift can be done by an oral surgeon to increase the thickness of the Maxillary bone.

Health of the Teeth and Gums

The tissues and teeth need to be free of decay and bacteria in order for the implant to heal correctly.  The implant will have a greater chance of failing if there is constant exposure to bacteria while the bone and gums are trying to heal and grow.  For this reason, it is recommended that all tooth decay and/or gum disease be addressed before a dental implant is considered to replace a missing tooth.  If there is dental decay, dental fillings or crowns can be done to remove and replace it. To prevent gum disease, patients are to have regular cleanings with the hygienist. For those who already have gum disease it recommended to have special deep cleanings 3-4 times per year to prevent it from getting worse.

Oral Health and Smoking Habits

The oral health and habits will be addressed before placing a dental implant.  Patients with poor oral hygiene and those who are heavy smokers are asked to change their habits.  The risk of dental implant failure increases significantly in smokers and patients must typically stop smoking before a dental implant is considered.  Correct home care of teeth and gums is vital to a healthy mouth and provides an optimal environment for dental implants to successfully replace missing teeth. 

 Protecting the Implant and Bruxism

The functional use and force placed on the implant must be taken into consideration before placing an implant.  Just like any other object, dental implants and the dental crowns placed on them will experience wear and tear from normal, daily use.  The force and pressure placed on the implant from chewing, speaking, clenching, or grinding (also known as bruxism) must be carefully examined.  If these forces are too much for the implant or surrounding bone to tolerate, the likelihood of failure will increase significantly.  Correct positioning, straight tooth alignment, correct crown size, and the changing of grinding habits will aid in the success of the dental implant.  If bruxism cannot be stopped, a custom-made night guard can help protect the crown and dental implant.

 Other Health Conditions

Certain health conditions, such as Type II diabetes, can  increase the failure rate of dental implants.  For those with this health condition, it is common to have low amounts and height of bone in which to place an implant.  Type II Diabetes can also contribute to poor blood circulation which may interfere with the healing of bone and gum tissues.  Poor blood circulation can also increase the chance of infection once the implant is placed.

Dental Implants have a typical estimated success rate of 95% when all of the above conditions are correctly considered and solved.  With all we know today about the human body and dental implants, there remain about 5% of people whose implants fail for unknown reasons.  The dental implants are made from titanium, which has been proven as a material that the body typically will not reject as a “foreign material.”  With this knowledge and all of our sound technology, the success rate is far greater than the possible failure rate. Thousands of people have implants are placed every year and enjoy the excellent tooth replacements.

For all those interested in dental implants, we welcome you to have a FREE CONSULTATION in our Salt Lake City Dental Office.  Dr. Duke has practiced Dentistry for over 24 years and specializes in Dental Implants.  If you would like more information, please visit our website or call (801)355-2202.  We look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have!

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